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. the pentagon later i quit the request to stop the march first defense cuts from becoming reality, but senate and house republicans have altogether different view. fox news chief legal correspondent has our report. >> republicans made a pair of big statements today. the house g.o.p. today passed a measure: the president dismissed to congress by april 1 a budget that balances in 10 years. increasingly frustrated that the solution to decades of deficit spending is more taxation. >> the president doesn't believe we have a spending problem. he believes spending causes economic growth. if that were true, the economy today would be thriving. it isn't thriving. washington has to deal with its spending problem. i watched him kick the can down the road, i have had enough of it. >> a day after they dismissed the suggestion to again postpone tens of billions of dollars of mandatory spending cuts and other departments blooming under what is sequestration the defense secretary renewed his dire warnings. >> my greatest concern today is that we are putting our national security at risk by lurching from bud
on capitol hill about benghazi before leaving the pentagon. >> that is right. he hadn't planned to. but the threats from some lawmakers to potentially hold up a vote on chuck hagel on panetta's replacement pressed the pentagon to have panetta go up on to capitol hill to testify before the senate armed services committee next thursday. that is the same day that the senate is expected to vote on hagel's nomination. meanwhile, secretary of state john kerry was sworn in today during a private ceremony on capitol hill. he made headlines telling the boston globe president obama picked him for the job a week before susan rice withdrew her name over the benghazi controversy, which is a different timeline of what we have known before now. bret? jennifer griffin, live from the state department. thank you. 17% of male marines say they will leave the corps if women move in combat positions. in the survey done before the pentagon announced women could serve in combat, male marines worried about being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault. >>> still ahead, remembering a new york origin
who spent years working with pentagon tax dollars has a bold answer for sequestitration and a message from washington. what was the light in the sky broof san francisco. reports from witnesses and a video backing up the claims. a mysterous flying object and this time in u.s. air space and coming just hours after a metor exploding thousands of miles away and rattling buildings and people below . fox reports from inside russia on the cosmic clean up following a direct hit from outer space . a new warning over the defense budget showdown this time from the army's top brass. in my opinion sequestation is not in the best interest of the national security. it places a burden on the soldiers and civilians and plus, questions tonight about whether washington is playing politics with the troops and what deep cuts would mean for our military. and a police cruiser there one moment and gone the next after a car slams into it somewhere caught in all of that blur, a little boy. >> i am harris faulkner and it is time for the clean up the day after what looked like an assault from the sky. amateur vi
that he loves medicaid and the pentagon announced yesterday, because of the sequester, it is ready to furlough 800,000 civilian pentagon employees around the world. that hurts! all of that and a whole lot more. but first let's find out what's really going on. lisa ferguson's got it. today's current news update. she joins us from los angeles. good morning lisa. >> good morning, bill. another light day for the president today. he's taking some meetings from the white house. first up is his usual daily briefing from the oval office. then he's meeting with his senior advisers and later this afternoon, president obama will record a radio interview with al sharpton joe madison and yolanda adams all in the oval office. >>> a surprising change coming from florida. governor rick scott has announced he will back medicare expansion in the state. president obama's affordable care act requires all states to expand their programs but many republican governors are against doing so with scott proval being one of the most outspoken. suddenly yesterday scott says he has reached a deal with the feds
valor. our report tonight from our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: wedged deep into a valley surrounded by soaring mountains, combat outpost keating in eastern afghanistan was a death trap. for staff sergeant clint romesha, it was indefensible. >> every which direction you looked, you were looking straight up at the mountain. >> reporter: romesha and the other soldiers at c.o.p. keating were under constant attack. but in october 2009, the taliban launched the most ferocious assault ever. and unleashed a deadly downpour of fire like shooting fish in a barrel. >> 360 degrees, we were taking, you know, rpgs, machine gunfire, mortar fire was coming in. i mean, it was accurate. it was, you know, on target. it was pinning positions down. >> reporter: the americans were vastly outnumbered, nearly 400 to 52. in the first hour, three u.s. soldiers were killed. others pinned down by gunfire. and with no regard for his own life, romesha led five others on a rescue mission. >> it was going to be a knife fight, getting to where we were going. >> reporter: romesha took out an
. pentagon needs a seasoned leader to implement the cuts. >> $46 billion in cuts to military spending over the next seven months. hundreds of thousands of civilians could temporarily lose their jobs. the pentagon says it needs chuck hagel as soon as possible. >> this is a ridiculous way to run a budget show. we have been shouting at from the rooftops for a very long time. >> he will be sworn in as defense secretary wednesday morning. he is not getting much -- he will go from being the subject of intense congressional discussion and debate to trying to influence them. >> i want to make you aware of the developing story out of afghanistan. gov. has confirmed that 11 police officers and six civilians were killed at a checkpoint overnight. police launched an investigation and have detained two men who they say poisoned the people at the checkpoint. that story just breaking. we are looking into>> pope benes concluded his final appearance in st. peter's square as the roman catholic pope. 50,000 people crammed into the square. he is the first pope in 600 years to resign. a two-day summit has conc
. but the biggest dollar impact is going to be as david and i were talk a moment ago the pentagon. the pentagon gets hit harder than domestic departments. >> so much of the dialogue is finger pointing. who do you this will get blamed? >> the blame for the sequester is ridiculous. the congress passed. the president signed it. they all own it. they all got it. >> that was the point. >> that was the point. both parties consenting adults, knew that they were designing something that was designed to be so bad that it produced a deal. it's just that they haven't been able to get to the deal. in terms of who is winning the message ordinarily, it's a little hard to say. president obama has got the high side. he won the election. the public tends to support if you lay out all of the policy positions support where he's coming from, taxing the rich. but the idea of cutting spending is a very popular idea and republicans are riding that at a moment. gwen: except this new pew research showed that people weren't much for anything. it was hard to know whether it was because they don't like the idea of a sequester
that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defense employees on the job. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 d.o.d. civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact on our economy? >> but the recommendation to slow the military pay raise will put troops in the middle of t
saying their budgets are going to be cut. then the pentagon came out the next day and said we're going to have to lay off 800,000 civilian workers or furlough them one day a week. yesterday you had lahood, the transportation secretary come to the white house briefing room and say we're going to have delays in air traffic, shut down air traffic control. this tactic is because the white house recognizes they're trying to sway public opinion and put pressure from the outside on republicans. it's interesting. a poll came out just this week that said the vast majority of americans don't know a lot about these cuts that are coming down. the white house is trying to change that. the white house is still working, hoping for a deal. but i get a sense that most of washington and probably even at the white house they recognize we could go past the sequester at least for a few weeks, and there's going to be another chance late in march where the continuing spending resolution comes up or expires and they're going to have to negotiate deal on that. and it all could just be wrapped up into one. >> d
. we will be live from pentagon in a minute. >>> and falling from space, wow, pretty cool, at a rate of more than 843 miles per hour, that's how fast dare devil felix baumgartner fell when he jumped from space. the official speed has been released. even faster now than those record keepers thought at first. pretty cool stuff. >>> one of our top stories today at cnn, a secret american drone base somewhere in saudi arabia, now this is according, these are reports from two major newspapers today, saying that this u.s. launches these drone attacks against al qaeda targets from that particular base. i want to bring in two folks here at the pentagon chris lawrence also michael holmes from cnn international. chris, it's not a total surprise that this was there in saudi arabia, but certainly it was not something that they officially wanted to reveal. why are they doing it now? >> that's the big question, suzanne, why did this come out? we reported two years ago from our sources u.s. officials were telling us the cia was building an airstrip in the a arabian peninsula. it was hinted it would
and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts and deployments on hold, automatic cuts to the defense budget. and for america, he joins us now on the question of whether our troops are going to pay a price for washington's failure to make tough decisions. hi, pete. >> how are you doing, alisyn. >> alisyn: as you know, leon panetta is suggesting just 1% pay raise for our men and women in uniform that won't keep up with the cost of living there, what they'll have to pay going ahead next year. what do you think that would do for military families? >> well, it is a defacto pay cut and i think the military families are looking at the other side and also recently announced the civilian work force, they're unfreezing pay freezes that have happened for nonmerit paid government positions outside of the military so they're seeing salaries go up outside of the military and their salaries going down and you know what they say and i see, we see one gigantic political cop-out. that's what the sequestration debate has turned into. the president refuses to lead, no one will talk detail
at the pentagon, does it looks like this sequester is going to happen? >> it was never supposed to. congress only has 16 days to act to stop these huge cuts from going into effect. joint chiefs and deputy defense secretary were on capitol hill outlining the danger. >> secretary panetta and i have been using the word devastating for 16 months now. i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration if it was to occur. now, the wolf is at the door. >> i begin my career in a hollow army, i do not want to end my career in a hollow army. >> this would be the steepest, biggest reduction in total obligated go authority for the defense department in history at a time that is more dangerous than it's ever been. >> the navy had to cancel the deployment to the u.s.s. truman. army chief warned they would have to curtail training 80% of the ground forces. 3,000 small businesses will lose army contracts and could face bankruptcy they warned if sequester is not stopped. >> shep: on another subject, the president tonight at the state of the union expected to fill out the details of a dramatic troop draw
, bp's contracts with the u.s. pentagon doubled since the year it spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the gulf of mexico. according to reporting by bloomberg, the company's awards surged to 2.51 billion in the year ended september 30th from $1.04 billion in fiscal 2010. bp's share of the military's petroleum market jumped to 12% from 8.5% during the period. but to be fair, the e.p.a. did finally announce it would temporarily ban the company from winning new government work just this past november, more than two years after the spill. joining me now to assess what this means for bp and for logic itself is 30-year oil industry veteran bob cavnar author of "disaster on the horizon." mr. cavnar, so pleased to you have with us tonight. >> great to be with you. >> john: thank you. what are these contracts actually for sir? can't the defense department just shop somewhere else for fuel? >> well, john, the way that the military -- the entire u.s. government acquires supplies like fuel is through bidding and contracts, large contracts depending geographically where they nee
that is the message at university opposing the pentagon funding of the proposed new research center on campus to train special operations forces in interview techniques. first, we speak to sharif abdel kouddous just back from bahrain, or the u.s.-backed monarchy continues to crack down on pro- democracy activists. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. republican senator lindsey graham has revealed he says the death toll in u.s. drone war overseas. at a speech in south carolina wednesday night, he said -- his comments mark the first time a u.s. official has offered a figure for those killed in nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes abroad. the 4700 figure matches the high end of an estimate by the bureau of investigative journalism, which extensively has covered the strikes. the news comes as the obama administration continues to stonewall members of congress on fully releasing the justice department memos explaining the legal rationale for targeted killings overseas. the white house agreed to a least partially disclose the
and infrastructure. the progressive cost test scores concluded smart reform to the pentagon's from which we almost the largest federal agency enlaces billions of dollars every year to waste, fraud and abuse. many colleagues recognize the serious land to address the deficit to go forward without significant pentagon cuts on the table. the balance targets $270 billion in wasteful pentagon spent in an reinvests others in her teachers, rose and future. it's important to know these cuts will not harm or undermine our national security. only the race will come excessive input is spending his targeted. i'm especially pleased to see this bill include some personal language to audit the pentagon. measures have increased transparency and accountability with the pentagon budget and get us on a fair and balanced road to fiscal sustainability. oftentimes colleagues don't realize the pentagon has not been knotted it, cannot be audited and we needed out of date. i'm glad we are calling for an audit of the pentagon. i love richard a bipartisan bill to audit the pentagon as a stand-alone effort to keep wasteful sp
for teachers, and cuts at the pentagon that officials say could hurt national security. still, the white house and republicans remained lock in a stalemate over how to deal with the sequester. yesterday, president obama called john boehner and mitchell mcconnell, but neither republican leader has any appetite for new taxes, something the president says should be part of the deal. the president spoke with reverend al sharpton yesterday. >> my sense is that their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations, and they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts that could slow down our recovery over closing tax loophol loopholes. and that's the thing that binds their party together at this point. this is a major argument, obviously, we've been having for the last three years. unfortunately, i think republicans right now have been so dug in on this notion of never raising taxes that it becomes difficult for them to see an obvious answer right in front of them. >> of course, you have to take the battle to twitter. the showdown continued online wit
that are about to kick in on march the 1st at the pentagon would leave us in a position of unreadiness. he says the devastating cuts are no longer a distant threat, and that the wolf is at the door. very strong testimony about his concerns in terms of what it would do to hamper our military if congress allows those cuts to kick in, saying that it would cancel maintenance on 25 ships, 470 aircraft. the list goes on and on. we'll give you more of that as he continues to speak about today what he sees as a dire situation for the pentagon if this happens. and there are some new concerns about the potential impact of these cuts, because just when our enemies are strengthening their military, our military is getting to cutback on the first of next month. we are going to ask a general what he believes the ramifications are for our country's safety. bill: also a doctor taking heat for publicly kreu criticizing the president's policies and doing it right in front of him. did he go too far? our panel will debate that as the doctor defend himself. >> there are a group of people who would like to silence e
as combat-related. by the way, jon, we should mention we just got a statement from the pentagon just moments ago. george little. and i want to read a part of this. he says the department of defense is committed to highest care of those in our military family. survivors of the incident at fort hood are eligible for the same medical benefits as all servicemembers. the department of defense is also committed to the integrity of the ongoing court-martial proceedings of major nidal hasan and will not further characterize the incident at that time. all of us remember here that day 13 people died and 32 were wounded. munley very likely saved more lives. we'll keep you posted as this develops. jon: she took three bullets in the process. she is really a hero as you said. so, i don't know, so sad and bitterly ironic, three years ago she is sitting with the first lady at the state of the union and this year she is out of a job. >> reporter: out of a job. we'll keep watching. jon: heather, thank you. jenna: a stalled cruise ship is being towed to shore. thousands are stuck on board with very little powe
entitlement state like europe. that's why he doesn't really care about the cuts in the pentagon because that's where you get the money. and he wants to raise taxes because that's the other source. of getting the money. that's how i understand what he wants to do with the pentagon. >> bill: let me ask you some ridiculous questions, okay? you are used to that from me, right? >> that's why i'm here to straighten you out. >> bill: number one, why doesn't he just say that? what you said why doesn't president obama have to say it because he doesn't have to run for office again. why doesn't he just say it? >> look. i don't think that saying i'm a european social democrat is an appealing argument. >> bill: doesn't say it quite that way but i want to spend less on the pentagon and more on social justice? why doesn't he just say that? >> he has already said that in the inaugural address. he said we have to nation build at home what does that mean? it is clear as a bell. don't want to spend our money in wars. we want to spend our money at home. don't want to spend it on cruisers -- >> bill: just say it
. today secretary of defense leon panetta notified congress of the pentagon's plan to furlough 700,000 civilian employees, who, beginning in april, will be required to take one day off per week. in essence, a 20% pay cut. as for the current political geist, this seems to be more about political positioning rather than prevention. this afternoon, the president will sit down with local tv anchors to explain the adverse effects of the coming cuts. meanwhile, speaker john boehner is out with an op-ed in today's "wall street journal" entitled "the president is reigning against a budget crisis he created." the same budget crisis speaker boehner and 173 of his house republicans voted for back in 2011. as a reminder, this is how he described the deal at the time. >> you know, i got 98% of what i wanted. i'm pretty happy. >> what is making speaker boehner unhappy with the present situation? quote, no one should be talking about raising taxes when the government is still paying people to play video games, giving folks free cell phones, and buying $47,000 gre cigarette-smoking machines. joini
of focusing on the effect of those cuts on the pentagon, the president will talk about the effect on the middle class. things like research and headstart and push for congress to quickly make some changes to fix the debt coalition here in washington say it's not just the president and it's not just congress. they've got to work together to get this done. and on the republican side. marco rubio from florida, by the way, delivers the response tonight. republicans are already criticizing what happens after the president's speech. he's hitting the road, three trips in three days to push his agenda. mara. >> tracie potts in washington, tonight, brian williams and the nieb nbc team will have complete coverage of the state of the union address. >>> many around the world are still stunned by pope benedict's announcement he's giving up the pap papacy. and it shows lightning hitting the vatican after news broke. nbc's claudio vania is there. good morning. >> reporter: well, a day after the announcement that pope benedict will abdicate, more details are emerging the newspaper says that decis
if you use the pentagon station. the south entrance of the station will be closed starting today so the agency can replace three escalators. when it's finished this fall, the escalators will be similar to those installed in the circle station. the north entrance will stay open during this construction. also starting today, people in loudoun county have a new way to commute as well. the new goose creek village park and ride opens at belmont ridge in ashburn. from there loudoun county transit and the tyson's express provide service to west falls church in the morning and afternoon rush. >> angie goff has breaking news. good morning. >> good morning to you. eight people dead, dozens hurt after a terrible bus crash in southern california. people were still being pulled from this wreckage hours after that crash. it happened on a mountain highway as a bus was leaving the big bear resort area and collided with a truck. still no word what caused this accident a the live did he say be, angie goff, news 4. >>> it's now been a week since a gunman stormed an alabama school bus killing the drive
congress couldn't strike a deal. last year. nearly half the cuts will come from the pentagon which was announced last week. wyatt andrews has that part of the story. >> reporter: tens of thousands of workers just in the shipyards of virginia are at risk of losing their jobs because of the budget cuts. one of them is mike patterson, a pipefitter at bae systems. >> the major concern is the layoffs. when these jobs run out, there won't be any coming in behind them. >> reporter: so when these ships leave, the work runs out? >> the work runs out. >> reporter: the navy's budget cuts of $10.3 billion will fall hardest in the shipyards and involve the cancellation of maintenance and modernizations of 22 warships this year. what does that mean? >> it's catastrophic to our industry, to our employee, and equally as important to the readiness of those ships. >> reporter: clifford says some navy destroyers and cruisers will lose critical upgrades to their weapons systems. >> if we don't do that we are sending a ship out in harm's way that may not be as fit to fight as
decision hasn't been made on which benefits would be included but the pentagon likely to allow same sex partner to have access to the open base commissary and other pill tear subsidized stores and health and welfare programs. pentagon rehe peeled the ban on openly gay service 16 months ago. >> now to a secret document stirring up so much controvers controversy. confidential justice department memo concludes that the government can order the killing of miles per hour citizen if his they are working with terrorists. the story tonight from abc news reporter jonathan karl. >> one count president obama has already used unmanned cia croan to strike more than 300 suspected terrorists targets. even more than his predecessor. but today we learn just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill without trial or evidence suspected terrorists. even american citizens. newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if quote an informed high level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. document says it quote does not
. there are a couple of issues that remain to be resolved, but for the most part he has now done all that the pentagon can do to offer benefits to same-sex military families. what stands in the way today is the defense of marriage act. that's what's preventing charlie's wife, karen, and their daughter from receiving a substantive amount of benefits that would make their lives so much easier going forward. >> how are karen and the family doing? charlie was valiant in her battle against breast cancer, and also valiant on the frontlines of marriage equality and the battle for service members to get the equity that they deserve. how are they holding up, and have they heard this news from you? >> she was a hero. you're right. thomas, she was a hero in the truest sense of the word. she gave the last fullmer of her devotion to this fight for equality, for her own family first. karen and casey are doing as well as can be expected. i know that they appreciate the support that they have received from service members and allies, gay and straight, all around the country in these days. i think that they're encoura
suggesting the president should let the sequester happen to slice the pentagon's budget. telling the huffington post, i am in favor of the sequestered. it is tough on things that i care about a lot, but the fact of the matter is, you are not going to get another chance to cut the defense budget in the way that it needs to be cut. white house officials disagree. as does the outgoing defense secretary leon panetta warned such deep cuts could leave america with as second-rate military. lou: you will remember republicans were furious before the election and the white house was not complying with the warrant act which is a law that basically says employers need to warn employees about upcoming furloughs. the white house pushed back on all of that. now they are releasing those for loan notices. remember, people the 30-60 days in some cases on notices, which means these furloughs will take place until late april even though the sequester is supposed to take effect on march 1st which means they will have to find other cuts to replace all that says the actual notices were delayed. lou: th
than making the proper military decision, though a pentagon spokesman told fox this was totally done by the book that this was about saving money and not about political drama. lou? >> thank you very much, ed henry, chief white house fox news cor responsibility. the first guest attests firsthand to the lack of urgency and accountability in washington. concerning the sequester, former senator scott brown, a fox news cricketer, great to have you with us. >> great to be on, lou. lou: turn to the hoer row show the president is trodding out. seemingly every person in the administration given the opportunity to go out in front of cameras to scare the american people. what do you think of it? >> well, it's a broken record strategy. it's something i heard the last three years. they put something forth, give it a great title, but when you read the bill, it's not what it's moment to be. we saw sequestering if you remember because we tried to avoid default and make sure the credit rating agencies didn't lower the credit rating, came up with what they considered draconian cuts, harry reid and mi
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